A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a man who needed me to help him ID a classical piece. That’s all in a day’s work around here, but there were a couple of unusual things about this request. First, the caller had a snippet of a recording to play for me, which made my job much easier, & second, he just happened to be actor & radio personality Doug Roberts. Doug’s impressive resume includes roles in “Hairspray” (the original!), “Serial Mom”, “Enemy of the State”, “Cecil B. DeMented”, “A Dirty Shame”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, & numerous other film & TV projects.
There was talking on the recording (it was from some sort of broadcast spot, I guess) & the audio was a tad fuzzy, but the piece was definitely “The Prince of Denmark’s March” by Jeremiah Clarke. I had Mr. Roberts play the snippet a couple of times before confirming its identity, we said goodbye, & I went back to trying to remember how on Earth one puts together a decent newscast (this was during poor Judith’s recent illness, so I was working later than usual.)
One afternoon last week, Yvonne Allen, WBJC’s Membership Director, came into the control room carrying the absolutely gorgeous bouquet pictured here. It seems Mr. Roberts had done a “bloom & run” – he dropped these amazing flowers off with Yvonne & sneaked away before I had a chance to thank him for them! Fortunately, Doug & Jonathan are friends, so I was able to obtain the former’s email address. I took the bouquet home & immediately placed it high upon our living room mantelpiece. Where we humans see lovely flowers, cats see tasty salad!cats, classical music, Doug Roberts, movies, music, radio, television